56th Biennial NAD Conference, June 30 - July 4, 2022, Orlando, Florida.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF

All NAD workshops, sessions, events, etc. will be voice interpreted and CART/Captioned unless the presenter is not using ASL then we will have an ASL interpreter available next to the presenter. NAD Conference is an ASL-Friendly space. If you rely on voice interpreting, please pick up an assistive listening device from NAD Registration.

» unity | Thursday , June 30, 2022

This free [email protected] event invites all conference registrants to attend and learn about problematic laws in Florida. 

» Opening Ceremony | Friday , July 1, 2022

After four years with no in-person conferences, we are very excited to welcome everyone to the 56th Biennial NAD Conference in Orlando! Since our last in-person conference in Hartford, Connecticut, we recognize that a lot has happened during the past four years. With the pandemic, we had to pivot and host the Council of Representatives meeting virtually in 2020. A local resident, our emcee Kumar Singh will dazzle us with his visual vernacular skills and take us on a journey of Orlando’s history. The Opening Ceremony will also include important messages from the community in response to the oppressive laws in the state of Florida.

» College Bowl Finals | Saturday, July 2, 2022

A Biennial NAD Conference tradition since 1988, the College Bowl brings together young, quick thinking students for a spirited evening of academic competition. The goals of the NAD College Bowl are to promote esprit de corps among competing colleges and within each team and to enhance the visibility of colleges serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing. During the College Bowl Finals, the teams will vie for the coveted silver trophy and scholarships, as the audience tries to guess the answers along with the contestants. Come cheer your favorite team with our emcee Leila Hanaumi as their brains are put to the test – and find out if they are triumphantly correct or horribly wrong. Either way, enjoy the competition and test your knowledge!

» Pitch Finals & Live Auction | Sunday, July 3, 2022

The NAD Pitch Competition is a competition for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30. The Final rounds will by hosted by the fabulous emcee Renca Dunn. Contestants compete to determine who will be the next winner! The young and talented contestants from around the country will complete three rounds during the conference. The selected contestant will win the winning loot to implement a strategic plan that addresses social issue(s) or a new business idea, pursuing the YAP vision of Visibility, Innovation, and Sustainability (VIS). Moreover, the winner will have the opportunity to network with community members and potential investors, opening more doors of opportunities in the future! After the finals, the NAD’s fantastic auctioneers will lead the live auction where attendees will have an opportunity to win fantastic items! This event is not the one to miss!  This is a great way to celebrate deaf and hard of hearing youth as they are the leaders of our tomorrow! Following the Pitch competition, there will be a live auction hosted by the talented Lisa McBee. Attendees will have an opportunity to win fantastic items!